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Agile Tour Hong Kong 2012 - 1st December



Welcome all,


Agile Tour is finally coming to Hong Kong! We organise a full day with international and local expert speakers on a variety of Agile topics:

Title : How to suck less with distributed teams
Speaker : Emerson Mills

We all know that distributed teams suck. ( Don't we? ) They perform much worse than co-located teams. Unfortunately for places just starting to move to Agile methodologies, it's often a impediment that has to be worked around or removed. In this session we'll discuss some of the illusions about distributed team productivity and how to get around some of the problems before you can move to co-located teams.

  1. Why did we even use them?!
  2. Distribute teams not people
  3. Giving teams ownership of features and not tasks
  4. Sharing a product development culture

Title: Inject start up spirit
Speaker: Wang XiaoMing

During the past a couple of years I heard many complains from CEOs and senior management that there was unavoidable bureaucracy and large company problems which were their big pain. Many teams suffered unclear project goals, small team but many management layers, ineffective meeting, tons of reports and unstable products. Those problems caused project failure or delay. In this presentation I will lead you to experience a real project in a large company who saved themselves from failure and transferred to a team with start up spirit and doubled their velocity in 4 months.

  1. A real project, double velocity
  2. The pain of founders
  3. Inject start up spirit
  4. Lightweight Agile.

Title: Test Driven Development
Speaker: Ian Lucas

In this session we will explore Test Driven Development (TDD) utilizing XQuery, the XML Query Language. TDD helps facilitate higher quality software solutions, and the modular nature of XQuery lends itself well to the practice.

  1. TDD in context
  2. Defining Success criteria upfront (i.e. Test Cases as requirements specifications)
  3. Practical examples of TDD with XQuery and XQunit

Title: Agile ate my Project Plan!
Speaker: Michael Mallete

Among the biggest reasons for the reluctance of organizations in adopting Agile is their belief in the effectiveness of traditional models in estimation and planning. The fear of losing their perceived predictability through their conventional techniques. Agile erases these all and leaves you with a chaotic view of what is to come. But is that truly the case?

We will first explore the assumptions behind traditional estimation and planning techniques
We will then counter that with the assumptions behind Agile estimation and planning
We will show the different features of traditional estimation and planning
We will then show the different features of Agile estimation and planning
We then compare what we actually lose and what we gain when we move toward Agile estimation and planning

Title: DevOps is people: or, "I achieve my KPIs by making you fail to meet yours."
Speaker: Scott Robinson

"Development" and "operations," as independent organizations, have conflicting motivations. DevOps is the buzzword for the understanding that we've missed the forest (providing value) for the trees (features and stability).

I'll share three true stories about three real organizations.

  1. Exposition (Who is organization and who are the players?)
  2. Rising action (Our business is down.)
  3. Climax (DevOps!)
  4. Falling action (Working together!)
  5. Dénouement (Everyone celebrates their promotions over beer.)
NB. if you work in an organisation with conflicts between development and operations, bring a story to share— and get free advice!


You will have a chance to meet and talk to international and local Agile experts!


Intended Audience

  • IT professionals already experienced in Agile or thinking about moving to Agile (Developers, Testers, Business Analysts, Project managers, Scrum Masters, Product Managers / Owners etc.)

  • Managers responsible for Agile Development or in future likely involved in Agile

  • Anyone interested in Agile



How to register

Through EvenBrite. Register Early to avoid disappointment. Seats limited!
Early Bird: 50 HK$
Regular: 75 HK$

Price on day self – provided there are still seats: 100 HK$

EventBrite Link:



Saturday, December 1, 2012, 9am – 5pm, with lunch break from 12-1:30.
There will be time to meet speakers after 5pm.




Cocoon, Causeway Bay, close to MTR and various lunch locations with local or international food.



  • Tin Hau MTR Exit A2 (10 mins walk)
  • Fortress Hill MTR Exit A (7 mins walk)
  • From Hong Kong Island, take Route 5X or 5 Bus straight to the final station
  • From Kowloon, take Route 118 Bus, get off the bus at Gordon Road station (3 mins walk)
  • From Airport, take Route A11 Bus, get off the bus at Gordon Road station (3 mins walk)


Programme Rundown

Time Programme
09:30 - 10:00 Registration , Networking
10:00 - 10:30 Opening
10:30 - 11:30 How to suck less with distributed teams

Emerson Mills
11:30 - 12:30 Inject start up spirit

Wang XiaoMing
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Agile ate my Project Plan!

Michael Mallete
15:00 - 16:00 Test Driven Development

Ian Lucas
16:00 - 17:00 DevOps is people: or, "I achieve my KPIs by making you fail to meet yours."

Scott Robinson
17:00 - 17:15 Closing




Supporting Organizations


Organising Committee


Steven Mak


Stephen Forte


Ben Lau


Adrian Lander